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New Feature: MetaFilter sidebar for win/IE and Mozilla.
posted by mathowie (staff) to Feature Requests at 7:47 PM (29 comments total)

Awesome Matt. Awesome.

posted by pnevares at 9:34 PM on December 27, 2000

Weird thing in IE5.5: when you spawn a new window with Ctrl+N, it changes back to your silly default search page.
posted by pnevares at 9:36 PM on December 27, 2000

The blockquote in the Dec 26th post #4948 appears as one word per line in my sidebard on Ie 5.5 at 1024x768 maximised window.

Apart from that, it's really handy.
posted by riffola at 10:28 PM on December 27, 2000

yeah the blockquotes kind of suck, but I've found that it makes for some really quick reading of stories and comment threads.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:28 PM on December 27, 2000

Maybe the Metafilter logo at the sidebar could link to ?
posted by kchristidis at 2:15 AM on December 28, 2000

posted by PWA_BadBoy at 3:44 AM on December 28, 2000

good point, kchristidis, I just did it.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:59 AM on December 28, 2000

Oh, oh my. That's delish. Thanks Matt!
posted by frykitty at 1:58 PM on December 28, 2000

I think the sidebar might be able to benefit from a refresh tag. It would be nice to keep the MeFi sidebar box in your window for the majority of the day, and have it refresh itself every so often so you catchthe new stuff . . .
posted by christian at 2:21 PM on December 28, 2000

Christian, you can reload it when you like and as much as you like. When you're in the sidebar area, press F5, or right-click and select Refresh.

I hate it when a page automatically refreshes by itself. Where's the respect to the user? I'll refresh it, when I want to, mister. [ generally speaking, and not referring to mister Haughey:) ].
posted by kchristidis at 2:44 PM on December 28, 2000

Thanks, guys!
posted by teradome at 3:50 PM on December 28, 2000

I do not understand.

Do I need to leave the install.mefi link in my toolbar, to get the sidebar to come back?
posted by capt.crackpipe at 4:44 PM on December 28, 2000

nope. crackpipe, if you're on IE, just drag the link to your links bar.

It will look like this if you do it right (arrow added for clarification).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:13 PM on December 28, 2000

Hey, how about some goodies for us mac users?!
posted by gluechunk at 6:05 PM on December 28, 2000

the mozilla/netscape6 sidebar works on the mac...
posted by mathowie (staff) at 6:58 PM on December 28, 2000

oh, ok. i didn't check out the page that lists the requirements...

unrelated... can metatalk be changed so that the number of new comments is listed on the page listing the recent threads (as happens in metafilter)? i.e. "15 comments (1 new)" i know i can tell which have new comments by the order of the threads, but i guess i'd like it to appear MeFi-ish.
posted by gluechunk at 7:14 PM on December 28, 2000

I think I'm going to change metatalk to be flat, like metafilter, but with categories shown in the small type, and category pages which will remain as is. So going to the root of metatalk will bring up a page that looks like metafilter, with all threads in all categories, listed by date posted. You'll be able to access threads directly off the front page, and see all other categories or a single category, from that front page.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:55 AM on December 29, 2000

kchristidis, i do suppose it's a matter of opinion.

an option to have it auto-refresh might be nice. something in user-prefs, perhaps?

i personally would rather it auto refresh every five minutes. I like my email to check itself and tell me when I have new mail, rather than checking it manually every five minutes. i think it'd be a nice feature for the sidebar as well.
posted by christian at 10:38 AM on December 29, 2000

Yay, Matt! A flat MetaTalk will be much easier to follow. Thanks!
posted by Aaaugh! at 1:08 PM on December 29, 2000

Those who use Mac Internet Explorer can simply use the built-in Page Holder. Surf to, then click the Add button in the Page Holder, then you can add it to your Page Holder Favorites. No fancy JavaScript needed.
posted by kindall at 2:50 PM on December 29, 2000

Christian, I do believe it's a matter of opinion. You are absolutely right about that and about that option-in-the-user-prefs suggestion.

But that auto-check-my-email example is totally off topic.
posted by kchristidis at 3:58 PM on December 29, 2000

How about one for Opera?
posted by aflakete at 3:58 PM on December 30, 2000

very nice. how would i go about adding the little MF icon (the one that appears next to the URL in the address bar) to my links bar. Not a big deal, i just like the pretty stuff. :)
posted by howa2396 at 12:05 PM on January 9, 2001

The sidebar rocks! Thanks for all your hard work. It is appreciated!
posted by LeiaS at 12:47 PM on January 9, 2001

Matt, the sidebar is great ..... but ......... The links off-site appear in my sidebar window, not the mainframe. Strangely, the links to the comments appear in the mainframe. I am running NS6 on RH Linux 6.x
posted by rschram at 2:57 PM on January 9, 2001

Off-site in all cases (ie, you click a link from an in-thread post and the target is the sidebar), or in thread headers?

If in thread headers, are your user settings set to open links in a new window, or a current window?

It sounds like you're opening them in the current window, the current window being the sidebar.

Either that or I have absolutely no idea about the functionality of the sidebar, and am just talking out of my ass again. They're both likely possible outcomes in my world.
posted by cCranium at 3:20 PM on January 9, 2001

Did that help any, rschram, or was I misinterpreting the bug completely?
posted by cCranium at 6:48 AM on January 12, 2001


Can I request (in addition to gluechunk's request about seeing the number of new comments on a post) having the ability to see who posted the thread?

I know it's supposed to be compact and everything so maybe you could put any extra info like this in the TITLE tag of the link so it will only pop up when the mouse is over it (e.g. like this, move your mouse over the link to see it.)
posted by lagado at 8:06 PM on January 13, 2001

Too bad NN 4.7 doesn't understand TITLE.

My kingdom for Moz 1.0
posted by baylink at 12:56 PM on January 23, 2001

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